OBERLIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak tonight with a 75-66 victory over Oberlin College at Main Gym in Oberlin, Ohio. Four players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) with 17 points on a seven-of-17 shooting performance.
In addition to Phillips for the Berg (3-8), sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, and senior guard Jazmine Shaw (Columbus/Hamilton Township) and junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) tallied 11 markers apiece. Ickes also matched Miller for a team-high five rebounds and freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) had four assists and a season-high eight steals.
Oberlin was led by Allison Gannon with 21 points on nine-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds and Kelly Warlich, who recorded a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Malisa Hoak added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Both teams opened the game with a slow start. Shaw made a lay-up at the 14:51 mark that gave the Berg an 8-7 lead and began a 16-0 run that spanned nearly eight minutes, sending Heidelberg to a 22-7 lead with 7:16 on the clock. The Tri-Color held Oberlin scoreless for 8:57 and six different players scored during the run, including three-pointers by sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) and Miller.
The Yeomen broke the scoreless drought at the 6:17 mark when Hoak make a lay-up and cut the lead in half to 24-12 with 5:23 on the clock as Warlich converted a three-point play with a lay-up and free throw.
The Berg extended its lead to 14 points at 28-16 at the 3:56 mark with another triple by Giel.
Oberlin closed the opening half on a 6-5 run and cut the lead to 11 points with 24 seconds to play when Gannon made a made a lay-up, sending the Yeomen into halftime trailing, 33-22.
The second half began with both teams trading field goals, with Heidelberg maintaining between a seven and nine-point lead as late as the 14:57 mark.
Oberlin then went on a 5-0 run, marked by another three-point play from Warlich and a lay-up by Lillian Jahan, cutting the ‘Berg lead to 42-38 with 14:29 on the clock.
The Tri-Color countered with a 15-2 run of its own, building a 56-40 advantage at the 10:11 mark with a three-pointer by Phillips.
The Yeoman again cut the deficit back to seven points, going on a 10-1 jaunt to close the gap to 57-50 when Hoak sank a trey with 6:42 to go.
With the clock in its favor, Heidelberg controlled the flow as the game drew to a close, earning its first win since Nov. 22.
The Berg shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61), but a season-best 50.0 percent (six-of-12) from three-point range.
Oberlin was 46.2 percent (24-of-52) shooting from the field, but just 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the foul line.
Heidelberg returns to the hardwood Wednesday, Jan. 4 when it takes on OAC rival Ohio Northern University at 7:30 p.m. in Ada.